Preparing for the oral panel

During the oral panel exam, you will be given a series of scenario-based questions. These questions are intended to demonstrate characteristics of a candidate, including:

  • Ability to properly determine priorities
  • Decision-making skills
  • Knowledge of Fish and Wildlife regulations
  • Asset management (both WDFW and other)
  • Natural resource knowledge
  • Law enforcement orientation

How you can prepare

Know the regulations we enforce. To become familiar with our business and the laws we enforce on a daily basis, study RCW Title 77 and the following hunting and fishing pamphlets:

  • Fishing in Washington sport fishing rules
  • Washington’s big game hunting seasons and regulations
  • Washington state migratory waterfowl and upland game seasons
  • Wild turkey spring season

Learn about Washington’s natural resource issues and opportunities. Become familiar with the commercial fishing industry, tribal hunting and fishing, taxidermy, recreational hunting, and recreational fishing harvest practices in our state. A better understanding of these activities will help you throughout the hiring process.

Take a ridealong. Candidates may request a ride with a Fish and Wildlife officer by contacting our dispatch center at 360-902-2936. Choose option 2 or 3, and tell the communications officer that you wish to schedule a ridealong in preparation for the Oral Panel Exam. A background check is required prior to a candidate taking a ridealong.

Read up. There are many general publications and study guides available to help you prepare for a police oral panel exam. The following publications may be helpful:

  • “The Thin Green Line: Outwitting Poachers, Smugglers and Market Hunters” by Terry Grosz
  • “Wildlife Wars: The Life and Times of a Fish and Game Warden” by Terry Grosz
  • “Give a Boy a Gun: A True Story of Law and Disorder in the American West” by Jack Olsen
  • “Shell Games: A True Story of Cops, Con Men, and the Smuggling of America’s Strangest Wildlife” by Craig Welch
  • “Hooked: Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fish” by G. Bruce Knecht